The true cost of snoring9th March 2007
Britons are losing up to two hours sleep a night due to their partner’s snoring says a new report.
The British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association (BSSAA) survey has revealed that 15 million people in the UK are deprived of up to two years sleep in a lifetime thanks to the snoring of their bed mates. Nearly all the people surveyed said that their partner’s snoring had a detrimental affect on their relationship and half said it affected their sex lives.
A spokesperson for the British Sleep Society said, "Lack of sleep can have a negative consequence on your physical, mental and emotional health. Poor sleep is linked with poor academic performance, increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes, divorce, suicide - the list goes on and on."
It is estimated that four in every ten adults snore and that two thirds of these are men who also snore more loudly than their female counterparts. Snoring is caused by a partial blockage of the upper airway which is made more likely by a relaxation of the muscles during sleep. There is no known cure for the condition but sufferers are encouraged to sleep on their sides and avoid excess alcohol.
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